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Willie's Locally Known

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805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508
+1 859-281-1116
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11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Mmmm-bbq!

This really is a locals only place. Away from the tourist areas and hard to spot. It is all wood and brews and BBQ and the food is very good. One of the top two BBQ places in Lexington in my opinion. The chicken wings are A-mazing! It's a small place so when the music is playing you get a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
lovetogo2662
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Hubby got Burnt Ends and I got ribs. We were both super happy with the quality of our food. Bbq sauce was sweet. The live band playing was really good. They offer local beers- love it! The only problem was our server... he was bartending and serving our table of 6. At first, very prompt and polite. As the evening... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

Not a great selection of drinks, ribs were NOT very good (tough & chewy) but my kids' grilled cheese was good & they enjoyed it. The best & sounds was quite good, though. Beware: the floor feels really sticky. I think they consider that their "Uniqueness". Lol!!!

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Thank Agabean
Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This really is a locals only place. Away from the tourist areas and hard to spot. It is all wood and brews and BBQ and the food is very good. One of the top two BBQ places in Lexington in my opinion. The chicken wings are A-mazing! It's a small place so when the music is playing you get a... More 

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Newberg, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Joined family there on Friday night. This BBQ joint is small with a large stage featuring live entertainment. We had reservations for 15 and they seated us up by the stage right in front of big speaker. There was plenty of seating further back in restaurant so don't know why we were shoved into dark corner up by the stage.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

I'm a stickler when it comes to cleanliness and this place missed the mark on that for sure. If you want to go somewhere and eat pass this place. If you want to go get drunk, listen to music, and don't care about anything else then you will possibly like this place. My shoes literally stuck to the floor. Place... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

While in the Nashville area, heading to Louisville, decided to swing through Lexington for some real Bluegrass music and a nice night out. Struck out. Think of local corner bar. One of the city's visitors sites listed all the bars with live music. This one had music on the night we were in town. Got to see a visiting band... More 

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Thank Engigeek
Toledo, Ohio
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217 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The food is good, although not the best BBQ in town or elsewhere. The place offers live music and plenty of drink. I enjoyed myself, and was comfortable, but didn't love the food. It was good, just not great.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Read about it in Lexington destination dining guide. Not the "normal" restaurant but a good place to eat. Fresh made from scratch and very tasty. That's a deal!

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Winchester, Kentucky, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

When I walked into Willies, I was a bit nervous. The location and atmosphere were not welcoming. However, a group that I was with had reserved the back porch and it was fantastic! Covered, during a huge rainstorm, we never felt a drop and we were able to socialize and try the local favs. I loved the brisket and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

Passing through Lexington around dinner time. Stopped here based on Trip Advisor reviews. I might have been nervous in that area by myself at night, but I wasn't by myself and it was daytime. The BBQ fries with pulled pork were really good. My husband loved the burnt tips. My son got the wings, which were huge and I absolutely... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 805 North Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-281-1116

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 am

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